ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A report of an 11-year-old boy being hit in the head with a firework led sheriff’s deputies to a July 6 block party with illegal fireworks, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.
At about 10 p.m., deputies went to a house in the 38W300 block of Heritage Oaks Drive, St. Charles Township, where they saw some 30 vehicles parked and more than 60 guests standing in the roadway, on the front lawn and along the driveway, reports stated.
Deputies began to attend to the boy’s injuries in the kitchen of the house while Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue arrived shortly afterward, reports stated.
Deputies observed a laceration to the back of the boy’s head and blood on his shirt; he was transported to the hospital for treatment, reports stated.
The injured boy’s father told deputies that it appeared something fell out of a tree and hit his son, rather than a firework, reports stated.
The homeowner told deputies that he was throwing a block party with many people from the neighborhood, as well as out of town guests, reports stated.
He and several neighbors got together and found someone who would supply the fireworks and set them off, reports stated.
The homeowner could not provide the name or description of who supplied the fireworks and fired them off, reports stated, as he appeared to be intoxicated.
The fireworks display was located on the front lawn of the hosting residence in close proximity to trees, the house and vehicles parked on the street, reports stated.
Deputies observed more than 40 firework products and large mortar tube assembly rigs set up across the lawn, and a few firework repeaters set up on posts that were taped in place, reports stated.
Most of the fireworks had already been set off, with debris scattered everywhere in the area, except for a group of eight mortar fuses connected together with wicks still intact, reports stated.
The deputies cut the fuses off and removed the mortars, determining that they were ones an ordinary citizen would not be able to purchase, reports stated.
Another deputy advised that this type of mortar requires a special license to obtain, transport and store. The mortars were turned over to be stored at the sheriff’s bomb barn, reports stated.
The incident is still under investigation to determine all the parties who were involved in procuring the fireworks, officials stated in an email.